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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Madrid’s Hostal Gala provides exactly what many modern, urban travellers are looking for – well-designed, no-frills accommodation in a central location, at a reasonable price.

It’s situated on the second floor of a 19th-century building, a 10-minute walk from Plaza Mayor and main avenue Gran Via.

The hostal’s 22 rooms have a chic black-and-white colour scheme, modern throws and furniture, small bathrooms and free wi-fi.

There’s no restaurant or breakfast room, but lovely cafés, restaurants and bars are right on your doorstep.

It’s the city’s best budget choice – and ideally positioned for sightseeing.

Surrounding area

The Gala is located on a busy square in downtown Madrid, with inevitable traffic and street noise. It’s just off the Gran Vía (the city’s main commercial and entertainment artery) and is slap bang in the middle of the action – close to shops, bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Prado Museum

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[1.5 miles]

Madrid’s most renowned museum, home to the single best collection of Spanish art and arguably the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century.

Best for ages: 18+ | £13

Reina Sofia National Museum

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[1.7 miles]

Spain’s National Museum of 20th-century art is the third of Madrid’s world-class art museums. Reina most famously contains Picasso’s Guernica, and outstanding collections of Spain’s two greatest 20th-century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

Best for ages: 18+ | £8

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

The outside of the Real (royal) Theatre in Madrid, a three-story building with a statue of Isabel II outside.

Theatre Real

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[0.2 miles]

Founded in 1818, the enormous, wedding-cake Teatro Real hosts world-class opera, dance and flamenco concerts.

Best for ages: 13+ | £15 | 1-3 hours

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A view from the side of Plaza Mayor. Tables and chairs from cafes sit the the sun, people walk around on the cobblestone plaza.

Plaza Mayor

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[0.5 miles]

Madrid’s big, Baroque main square, completed in 1619, is enclosed by stately symmetrical buildings and porticoed walks. For centuries it was the theatre of city life – witnessing coronations, bullfights, jousts, football matches, beatifications, and executions. Today, it’s Madrid’s beating heart, packed with cafés and restaurants.

Best for ages: Any | Free

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External view of the market budiling - with walls that are all windows

San Miguel Market

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[0.5 miles]

Madrid’s foodie hotspot: a gourmet hub housing 33 shops and street stalls, selling the highest-quality local produce – including more than 100 varieties of cheese. A Madrid institution, the market buzzes from morning until late at night.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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A traditional Spanish hand fan - black lace on top of the fan fabric which shows a pastoral scene.

Casa de Diego

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain[0.5 miles]

Founded in 1858. Spain has long been one of the greatest producers of abanicos – traditional hand fans. This small studio upholds that tradition. The highest quality hand-made fans – with handles made from wood, ebony or bone – are made on site. Each one is a unique, gorgeous work of art.

Best for ages: 10+ | Free

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Madrid Region, Spain

Spain’s sunny capital offers up world-class art, super shopping, renowned tapas and late, late nights.

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